PTSD / Survivors of Abuse and Trauma




  • Physical Abuse
  •  Mental Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Experienced or witnessed a traumatic event:
  • Trauma of war
  • Loss of loved one to death or abandonment
Trauma and abuse can make a significant impact in a person life causing conscious and subconscious trouble throughout a person’s entire life and when left unattended can  debilitate an individual’s ability to maintain healthy interpersonal and intimate relationships.  Depending on the type of trauma, individuals often sabotage, put up walls, push people away and are unable to make attachments to others.  Abuse survivors can suffer from depression, anxiety, fear, anger and isolation.
At Lighthouse Counseling, we treat clients suffering from abuse and trauma from a holistic viewpoint focusing on the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of the individual.  Our therapists work with clients on the Root of the problem not just the symptoms.  We work towards a deeper healing where the client can find freedom from hurt, shame, guilt and fear.  The client can begin to develop close interpersonal relationships with others and find clarity in their identity and confidence to be themselves.
Trauma and Abuse can cause the following symptoms. Please contact us if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
  • Flashbacks, or reliving the traumatic event for minutes or even days at a time
  • Upsetting dreams about the traumatic event
  • Symptoms of avoidance and emotional numbing
  • Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event
  • Feeling emotionally numb and unable to connect intimately
  • Avoiding activities you once enjoyed
  • Feelings of hopelessness about life and the future
  • Memory problems and trouble concentrating
  • Difficulty maintaining close relationships (ex: pushing others away)
  • Symptoms of anxiety and fear
  •  Irritability or anger
  • Overwhelming guilt or shame
  • Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much
  • Trouble sleeping due to nightmares, mind racing, anxiety etc.
  •  Person is  easily startled or frightened
  • Feeling detached from your own body, floating above or feeling  not real
Cognitive-Behavioral Treatments (or CBT) are often used to treat individuals with PTSD, anxiety, and depression caused by abuse and/or trauma. Treatment is effective in helping clients learn to change unhealthy behavior, manage their emotions, and develop healthy relationships by addressing their thought patterns and beliefs.